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Mass. among half dozen states without budgets in place

Five days into the new fiscal year, Massachusetts has scant and dwindling company on the list of states yet to finalize a 2018 spending plan. After Maine and New Jersey reached deals to end their government shutdowns, just six states remain in budgetary limbo: Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin,...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 2:09pm

Trial begins Wednesday in ACLU suit over Massachusetts voter registration deadline

In Boston's 2015 general election, more than 1,000 people who registered to vote couldn't — because they hadn't registered early enough, according to the local American Civil Liberties Union chapter. Massachusetts law requires residents to register to vote at least 20...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 2:06pm

Dispatch takes on politics, mental health issues on stage

Frontman Chad Urmston says, almost ironically, that Dispatch is the “biggest band nobody’s heard of,” but that quip doesn’t necessarily ring true in Boston, the band’s home base. The indie rock sensation did, after all, draw 166,000 people to the Hatch Shell for what...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:44pm

Quincy man's hand partially amputated in 4th of July fireworks accident

A Quincy man was injured in a fireworks explosion Tuesday night that resulted in a partial amputation of his hand. Police said the incident occurred around 9:45 Tuesday night.  The 32-year-old Quincy man was kneeling on the ground trying to light a firework.  The firework caused "...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 9:31am

Is that actually a great white shark you saw?

Though there may not be a “boom” of great white sharks off of Cape Cod this summer, there will still be some of the sea creatures swimming around. With a few sightings already confirmed this year, beachgoers may be wondering if they’ll spot a Jaws look-a-like themselves....

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 5:02am

Boston's got a big bug problem -- here's how to avoid the bites

Bostonians won’t be the only ones enjoying a bite during backyard barbecues this over Fourth of July weekend, according to a new study Boston is one of the buggiest cities in America. With the warm weather, also comes mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants and other creepy, crawly and sometimes...

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:45am

Will Cape Cod see a 'shark boom' this summer? Not quite

Every summer, it seems those who flock to the Cape and Islands have flashbacks to the fictional New England beach thriller "Jaws." There were already a few great white shark sightings this year, most recently off of Scituate on Massachusetts’ South Shore and near Cape Cod’s...

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 5:06am

It's confirmed, Boston drivers suck the most

You can blame Boston traffic all you want, but it’s no secret Boston, and on a greater scale, Massachusetts, drivers suck, and a recent Allstate study really drives the point home. Boston ranked dead last out of 200 major U.S. cities, according to the study, which was based on Allstate...

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:29am

Best beaches near Boston to beat the crowds

Nothing says summer like heading to the beach and dipping your toes in the sand, but sometimes the crowds at beaches near Boston can be anything but relaxing. Here’s a roundup of our favorite secret beaches sure to help you ditch the crowds this summer. Bound Brook Island Beach —...

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 7:48am

Some drug-addicted babies not reported to state properly: Audit

As the opioid epidemic rages on, it’s not only adults that are affected by dangerous drugs. Babies can be born with a physical dependence to addictive drugs if they already have the illicit substances in their system by being exposed to drugs in utero. In such instances, Massachusetts law...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:59pm

Mass. could join neighbors in banning handheld devices while driving

Massachusetts is poised Thursday to take one step closer to becoming the 15th state to ban drivers from using handheld cellphones while behind the wheel. The Senate plans to consider legislation that calls for a major expansion of the texting-while-driving ban established in 2010. The bill, S...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:05pm

Avoid these travel times in Boston if you're driving over the July 4 weekend

It’s almost the holiday weekend, which means you probably have almost everything planned, like where you’ll watch the fireworks and what bathing suit you’ll don at the beach. But what about your travel plans? Be warned: This year’s Independence Day is anticipated to have...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:08pm

Mass. voters would pay more money to reduce emissions: Poll

Three quarters of Massachusetts voters say they would favor spending an extra $10 per month on energy bills if it led to significant reductions in greenhouse gases, according to a WBUR poll publicized Wednesday. Less than two years ago, 58 percent of Bay State voters said they would like to pay...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 2:21pm

A portable nap room, Uber for nannies and other startups to compete atMassChallenge accelerator

Boston is already home to some of the best tech innovators and entrepreneurs in the country, and on Wednesday, more than 120 startups will gather here to show what they’ve been working on. The MassChallenge Startup Showcase brings together for the first time the 128 startups, hailing from 16...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 9:52am

MBTA's overdue Wi-Fi system faces opposition

Commuter rail riders hailing from communities north of Boston want better wireless internet service, but a vocal group is upset about the communication towers that are planned to achieve that aim. As a wireless vendor moves closer to fulfilling an agreement inked three years ago, residents from...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 4:19pm

Michael McCarthy found guilty of second-degree murder for death of BellaBond, age 2

Michael McCarthy, the man accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, has been found guilty of second-degree murder by a Suffolk Superior Court jury. Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 3:38pm

Walsh will challenge Senate healthcare bill

After the Senate’s healthcare bill was finally revealed last week, disability rights activists, representatives and others have spoken out against the action that would cut Medicaid and impose lifetime caps on “nonessential services.” Included under nonessential services...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:16pm

Boston artist creates song to help end homelessness

There are more than 19,000 homeless people in Massachusetts, according to 2016 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development data, and Derek Cummings thinks those individuals are far too often overlooked. That fact is more than just a number to Cummings, a Boston entertainer who goes by...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:06am

Man accused of killing Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte indicted for murder

A Worcester man who was arrested in connection with the death of Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte back in April has now been indicted for murder, according to a statement from Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early on Friday. Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was indicted for the murder of...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 4:42pm

Bristol County DA appeals decision to vacate Hernandez murder conviction

The murder conviction of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was vacated back in May, following the athlete’s April suicide in his jail cell. Now, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn has filed an appeal of that decision, which followed a Massachusetts legality...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 1:32pm